American Experience Why Be a Freedom Rider? 0:36 Aired: 02/06/12 Rating: NR In this video from 1961, two Freedom Riders explain why they risked their lives to participate in the Freedom Rides. Add to WatchlistShare:FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle PlusEmbed CodeEmbed Code×CloseAmerican ExperienceWhy Be a Freedom Rider? Premiere Date: Feb. 6, 2012, midnight Width px Height px Please copy this text to your clipboardProblems Playing Video ?Report a problemClosed CaptioningReport a Problem×CloseBefore you submit an error, please consult our Troubleshooting Guide.Type of ErrorVideo doesn't loadVideo loads, but doesn't playVideo jumps back/forwardOnly audio is streamingSponsorship playback errorOtherPlease add more detailsCancelSubmit ReportYour report has been successfully submitted. Thank you for helping us improve PBS Video.Close Exclusive corporate sponsorship for American Experience is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.